Category Archives: Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

Idaho hunters kill 96 wolves

At last count, that is. And Idaho Fish and Game officials in Boise get to tally up the hunting and trapping license revenue, cause that’s how the agency’s budget gets its m0ney (mostly). Meantime, the increasingly muddied ecosystems which gray wolves patrol (regardless of political boundary lines) struggle on. The human propensity for killing carnivores is alive and well. The first near-extinction of Canis lupus didn’t teach enough. Sadly, I know for certain that are conservationists in the Adirondacks who continue to advocate for the return of big predators to that still-mostly-wild region. This link offers a snapshot of the wolf-killing ongoing in Idaho.


A leader is honored for leaving the land alone

This, my latest newspaper column, is a look back at Frank Church and an ex0ploration of saving places for the wildness.

Wilderness: A place where humans only visit

This is Harbor Lake inside the Bighorn Crags region of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. There is nothing in life comparable to being inside designated wilderness and working your legs and muscles to get there.

Timothy Egan on trees, public land and our natural heritage

This column by Timothy Egan, in today[s NY Times, says exactly what I have been trying to say in comments to other articles and my own columns for weeks now. In any case, Americans do not have – among the Republican candidates – anyone who even understands what conservation is all about.

Salmon wars return to courtroom; cand at-risk fish and dams coexist?

The answer to that headline writer’s epic question is, I believe, NO. From a human perspective alone, there is something magical about a wild free-flowing river while, at the same time, there is something dismal about a stream that’s beenm shackled behind a dam.

Wolverines roam central Idaho backcountry

And that backcountry is, for the most part, public land! Big open, whole habitat that’s not compromised by roads and other development is what this species (and many, many others) need. Let’s give it to them. Read about Idaho’s wolverines.

Idaho gov’s wilderness math doesn’t add up

And Butch Otter is completely out of touch with the most significant human-value of wilderness: The fact that it exists. One Idaho conservationist said this to the Idaho Statesman reporter who wrote this article for today’s edition: “But there are other economic values the tourism comparisons miss, said Bill McLaughlin, University of Idaho professor of conservation social sciences. Wilderness holds water, cleans water, provides habitat and even has measurable value just because it exists, he said.